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Calamity Jane (1953)

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The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

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Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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4 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Ardida como Pimenta  »

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Trivia

Gene Nelson was originally announced for one of male leads. See more »

Goofs

When Francis Fryer is really getting into his number ("I've Got A Hive Full of Honey"), he drops his handkerchief while backing up to the trombonist. A quick cut and the chiffon hankie is back in his hand. He didn't stop to pick it up off the floor. See more »

Quotes

[Katie is looking in a mirror talking to herself in a dressing room]
Katie Brown: You'd like to run away wouldn't you? Catch a train get out of this crazy town. But you can't. Your trapped. There is no train. Oh clever, clever you...
[starts to powder her face is startled by a knock and told she has five minutes. She looks in the mirror and sees her face is white with powder]
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Soundtracks

I Can Do Without You
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Doris Day and Howard Keel
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singing dancing and innocence
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Calamity Jane with Doris Day was my first experience with musicals. i was so entranced I talked my mother into letting me stay to watch it again. I was left with an unknown women who had come to watch the next showing. (Something unheard of in this day!) The sheer joy of the singing, dancing and innocence of a time past is something that is sorely missed today.

Doris Day's Calamity Jane is a story of love between men and women and women and women during a time when this love was innocent and people did not worry that someone might look at it in a sexual way. Women could hold hands and hug to support each other in happiness as well as grief.

Songs like 'Secret Love' and 'Take Me Back to the Black Hills' are beautiful even to the audiences today. this type of music will never die.


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